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First Click -- Virginia

Rosalind Helderman

Fri., Oct. 2, 2009
Happy Friday! Here's what's happening in politics across the Commonwealth today.

With a new push in Northern Virginia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell and his friends at the Republican Governors Association are now airing twice as many ads than Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds, even counting ads run by the Virginia Education Association.

The Democratic Governors Association spent millions in the spring trying to tarnish McDonnell while the Dems were fighting it out before the June primary. Was that a mistake? Will Gov. Tim Kaine let his DNC be outspent by the RNC? Will President Obama let that happen? Talk to us Nov. 4.

At a forum attended by a who's who of Virginia politics, both Deeds and McDonnell endorsed awarding tens of thousands of new college degrees in future years. Neither said much about how they would pay for that.

Kaine told the same business group that the key to higher education funding is fixing the state's road network.

The Northern Virginia Technology Council backed McDonnell for governor; environmental groups went with Deeds.

Post columnist Bob McCartney awarded the week narrowly to McDonnell on his weekly score card.

The Republican Party of Virginia gets a group of doctors together to slam Deeds for co-sponsoring a 1999 bill...with Republican Del. Terry Kilgore.

McDonnell spends today in Richmond, first addressing the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Alliance, then meeting with the Virginia Retail Merchants Association and finally with the Asian American Society of Central Virginia. Deeds has no public schedule today.

Virginia's candidates for attorney general meet for a debate this morning. Republican Sen. Ken Cuccinelli and Democratic Del. Steve Shannon will clash on the Mark Plotkin politics program at 10 a.m. on WTOP. You can listen to the debate on, you know, the radio. Live streaming on the Internets is also an option.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 2, 2009; 7:06 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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